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I am 23 and currently live Olympia Wa. I work as a line cook for a casual pizzeria that serves affordable upscale food. I as well work as a prep cook/ line cook at a middle end upscale restaurant. I have a passion for cooking and no that it is what I would like to do as a career path. I am however worried about finding an affordable and extensive culinary program in the northwest area. I was originally looking at the western culinary institute and then changed my mind after discovering the lawsuit. I have since then been looking at the Oregon Culinary institute aware that many of their chef instructors came from the western culinary institute. They appear to be dedicated instructors who are not after my money (or lack there of), but this of course is what I thought of WCI. I am having trouble locating helpful reviews online for various culinary colleges in the northwest area and would very much appreciate any help. I know that I want to go to culinary school more than anything but am terrified of a terrible education and lack of job opportunities upon completion of a culinary program. Again any advice or help would be very much appreciated. 

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Hello Candido and welcome to Cheftalk.

 

I am going to move your post to the Cullinary student forum, where I am sure you will get some informed answers from culinary students.

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Why do you want to go to culinary school (pick one or more)?

  • To learn how to cook?
  • To learn what to cook?
  • To learn how to function in a commercial culinary environment?
  • To learn how to manage a kitchen?
  • To get a piece of paper that says you have been to school?
  • To say I went to XYZ?
  • To get a better job in the culinary world?
  • To make more money?
  • To become a chef?
  • To become a TV star?

 

Careful, some of those are "trick questions" crazy.gif

 

Seriously, what are your goals regarding attending culinary school?

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Culinary is very much my passion and I want to become a chef and eventually own my restaurant in the distant future. I want to go to culinary school no only to hone my own skills and become a better cook in my own kitchen but to be accomplished chef in an upscale restaurant. I love to cook and I love to feed people. In my current job nothing means more to me than when someone comes up to me and tells me the food I cooked them was delicious. I am not to terribly concerned with making the most amount of money as long as I make enough to live comfortably (I have always been a minimum wage kid and can make a little go a long way). I want to pick a culinary school that will give me an efficient education but without sinking me into an egregious amount of debt. 

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